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Re: Pitch learning
for a neuroimaging perspective on learning to associate chord names with
their corresponding sound, see:
Bermudez, P. & Zatorre, R.J. (2005) Conditional Associative Memory for
Musical Stimuli in Nonmusicians: Implications for Absolute Pitch.
Journal of Neuroscience, 25, 7718-7723
the bottom line is that associative memory mechanisms seen in other
domains requiring abstract "labelling" seem to be operative, and involve
portions of the posterior dorsolateral frontal cortex.
Ole Kühl wrote:
Martin Braun wrote:
"It's timbre learning. Automatic association of timbre and chroma, the
being derived from the summation of octave-spaced partials, results in a
secure "secondary" pitch perception.
An analogy is chord identification. Highly trained musicians can identify
chord categories from the timbre of a chord."
I find this idea very interesting, and believe it to be true as I have
long suspected it to be the case that chord learning is actually timbre
learning. If there is any empirical evidence for this I would be
most grateful for the particulars.
Incidentally, this seems to be not only a higher order function, but
also an example of what in the lingo of cognitive semantics would be
called conceptual integration or "blending". We could say that we
conceptualize a pitch through the integration of information from two
different domains: a perceived timbre domain and a learned schema for
Robert J. Zatorre, Ph.D.
Montreal Neurological Institute
3801 University St.
Montreal, QC Canada H3A 2B4
web site: www.zlab.mcgill.ca